Huntsville in Walker County, Texas is often called a micropolitan, a small but urban area that has the population of a small metapolicy but all the qualities of a small town. It was also once the home of Sam Houston, a horse rancher and the namesake of the large city of Houston. Over the years, the area has become a dog-friendly area with lots to offer its resident and visiting canines.
The town is so dog-friendly that it has its own dedicated dog park called Pineview Dog Park. The fenced-in area is tucked away among the trees, completely shaded and hidden away from the busy streets of the city. Dogs can play and run around off-leash and enjoy additional features like dog-sized water fountains, clean-up stations, trash bins, and benches for humans.
Another favorite place in the city is the Sam Houston National Forest, which offers a nice getaway from the city life and provides a natural place for Fido to get a quiet walk in nature. The park is 163,037 acres, with over 120 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. Dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash, and must stay out of the swimming area with trash bins and benches provided by the park.
Did I mention the city also has 6 animal hospitals? With that and the rest of the dog-friendly activities around town, you and Fido will fall in love with Huntsville!
Downtown Huntsville is the concrete jungle neighborhood of the city, and despite all the urban buildings, most residents are surprised to find a 150-acre park known as the Eastham-Thomason Park here. The park includes a fenced-in dog park that's nestled in a large group of trees and secluded away at the corner of the park. The fenced in portion consists of a washing station, water fountains, dog bowls, clean-up stations, and benches. The rest of the park is open to dogs, and although not fenced in, allows them to be off leash and explore the 4.3 miles of trails throughout the densely forested region. There's no better place to get a walk in the neighborhood then here!
The 11Th Street and Avenue J neighborhood is another small urban neighborhood, with lots of businesses and residential apartments. Dog-lovers will rejoice in finding a large green space to walk Fido known as Emancipation Park. The park is 10.4 acres with a paved walking trail, basketball courts, and picnic shelters. Dogs are welcome at the park while they are on a leash, and can enjoy additional features like trash bins, benches, open fields for play, and water fountains. If anyone chooses to stay a night in the neighborhood, the best option would be the Best Western Plus Huntsville Inn. The inn is dog-friendly and allows up to two dogs of any size for a small fee.
The Crabbs Prairie neighborhood sits on the northern edge of the city. Among the homes is the Kate Barr Ross Memorial Park, a 30-acre park with plenty of recreational ballfields, and about 2 miles of paved walking trails. Fido can enjoy a calm walk on the trails or play around in the open fields of the park, but must remain on a leash while at the park. Dogs are allowed in the sheltered picnic areas, grilling places, and the enclosed tennis courts with access to water fountains, trash bins, benches, and clean-up stations.
Central Huntsville is as many can guess, in the center of Huntsville around the downtown neighborhood. The favorite park in the community is Josey Park, a 6-acre plot of land with a shaded walking trail, a baseball diamond, and picnic area for residents. Dogs must remain on a leash at the park and owners must bring water and clean-up bags. A smaller option in the neighborhood is Rather Park, a half-acre open area surrounded by trees for shade and privacy. Dogs are welcome at the park to run around and play or enjoy a game of fetch, but must remain on a leash.
The Pine Hill neighborhood is pretty quiet all year round, thanks to the natural wooded areas of the community. Some of those woods belong to the Huntsville State Park, a 2,083‐acre recreational area with nature trails and swimming holes. The area is dog-friendly, and provides a day trip out or a short walk along the trails for dogs that remain on a leash. Owners must bring clean-up bags and water for their pups. Another natural trail in the neighborhood is the Prairie Branch Loop, a 1.5-mile loop that travels the shores of Lake Raven and through dense forests. The trail is dog-friendly, but there are no features on the path, so be sure to come prepared.